Dr Louise Bird (PhD in Architecture 2016)

Supervisors: Christine Garnaut, Alan Hutchings and Julie Collins

Thesis title: ‘Planning for open space in postwar South Australia: open space benefits and local open space systems at Elizabeth, Noarlunga and Golden Grove.’

This thesis is an examination of the understandings that different groups of people in Adelaide, South Australia, had about the benefits of open spaces between 1836 and the mid-1970s. It investigates how the various perceptions held by the different groups of the relative importance of particular open space benefits led them to pursue specific open space outcomes. To do so it proposes a typological framework to determine the understood benefits of open spaces in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The typology is comprised of the five thematic them to pursue specific open space outcomes. To do so it proposes a typological framework to determine the understood benefits of open spaces in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The typology is comprised of the five thematic categories: social, health, amenity, marketing and environmental.

Bird, L.(2012) ‘Transforming the Adelaide Plains: The Role of Urban Open Space in the Development of Elizabeth, Noarlunga & Golden Grove’ , 11th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, pp.36-51.

Bird, L., ‘Open space as icon: the making of local open space systems in Adelaide, 1950-2003’, Icons, 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, Griffith University, Gold Coast, 31 January-3 February 2016.